Charendoff-Strong in July 2009 at the San Diego Comic-Con International
Born Toronto, Ontario, Canada Other names Tara Charendoff Occupation Actress, Voice actress, Singer Years active 1986–present Spouse Craig Strong (May 14, 2000-present) Children 2 sons Signature Website http://www.tarastrong.com/
Early life and career
Tara Lyn Charendoff was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, to Jewish Canadian parents Syd (1935–present) and Lucy Charendoff (1936–2004), who ran a convenience/toy/candy store called The Wiz. Strong's acting career began when she volunteered to be a soloist in the school production at age four. Soon, she began acting in the Yiddish Theater; though she did not know Yiddish, she memorized her lines phonetically. During this time, she also performed at the Toronto Jewish Theater, where she acted in A Night of Stars, and was featured in an audiotape for "Lay Down Your Arms" with the Habonim Youth Choir, where she sang the lyrics in both English and Hebrew, a feat she repeated on February 10, 2005, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel during the March of the Living dinner in honor of Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger.
At age thirteen, Strong was accepted into a performing arts school, where she landed her first professional role: the role of Gracie in the Limelight Theater's production of The Music Man. That same year, she booked a guest starring role in Mr. T's T. and T. Afterwards, she landed the title role in Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater and starred in the short-lived CBC Television sitcom Mosquito Lake before moving to Los Angeles in the midst of the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
Strong is the voice behind a multitude of North American animated characters, including main roles in The New Batman Adventures as Batgirl; Fillmore! as Ingrid Third; Rugrats and All Grown Up! as Dil Pickles; The Powerpuff Girls as Bubbles; Ben 10 as Ben Tennyson, Upgrade, Benwolf, and Buzzshock; The Fairly OddParents as Timmy Turner and Poof; Xiaolin Showdown as Omi; Teen Titans as Raven; Drawn Together as Princess Clara and Toot Braunstein; The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World as Hip/Lemmy and Hop/Iggy Koopa; Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends as Terrence; Transformers Animated as Sari Sumdac, Slipstream, Slo-Mo, Strika, Red Alert, Mayor Edsel's press secretary, and additional voices; Sym-Bionic Titan as Ilana Lunas; Chowder as Truffles; the singing voice of Meg Griffin and additional voices on Family Guy; My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic as Twilight Sparkle; and currently voices Betty Boop in commercials with Tress MacNeille.
She has also lent her voice to English-language localizations of Japanese anime such as Spirited Away, Sailor Moon, Shaman King, and Princess Mononoke, as well as several video games, including her work as Elisa and Ursula in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops; Paz Ortega Andrade in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker; Seth Balmore in Lost Odyssey; Rikku in Final Fantasy X, its sequel Final Fantasy X-2, and Kingdom Hearts II; Norma Beatty in Tales of Legendia; and Talwyn Apogee in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and its sequel, Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty (both of which reunite her with her Final Fantasy X/Drawn Together co-star James Arnold Taylor). Numerous sources have stated that she also voiced Bowser Jr. in Super Mario Sunshine and went uncredited for the role.
She has appeared in live roles in National Lampoon's Senior Trip, Sabrina Goes to Rome, Sabrina, Down Under, Mosquito Lake, and The Last White Dishwasher. She also made guest appearances on such shows as Forever Knight, Street Legal, Touched by an Angel, Take Home Chef, Party of Five, Comic Book: The Movie, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, and 3rd Rock from the Sun. She has the role of the character Miss Collins in Nickelodeon's live action series Big Time Rush. Strong has been nominated four times for an Annie Award, and once for a Daytime Emmy and she will voice Roxy of Winx Club,which will be broadcast on Nickelodeon.
In 2004, she won an Interactive Achievement Award for her role as Rikku in Final Fantasy X-2. She also served as the announcer for the 2000 Kids' Choice Awards, appeared as a guest at several fan conventions (including BotCon, Jacon, Comic-Con International, and Anime Overdose), and was featured on the front cover of the July/August 2004 issue of Working Mother magazine, saying, "My son is now old enough to respond to my work. To me, that's what it's all about."
Strong was raised Jewish in a kosher household. She is a vegetarian. Prior to her marriage, she was originally credited under her maiden name, Tara Charendoff. She has one sister, Marla Charendoff (born October 18, 1971). Strong's parents ran a candy/toy store business in the Toronto area. Tara attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, class of 1991. After leaving high school she studied at The Second City in Toronto for two years before moving to Los Angeles in January 1994. Strong and actress Neve Campbell lived together when they both moved to Los Angeles at the same time. They both auditioned for the same role, Julia, in the '90s TV series Party of Five which would prove to be Campbell's big break. Strong appeared in a few episodes as Lorna.
Among her favorite voicework roles are: Melody in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (the original The Little Mermaid is her favorite Disney film), Toot Braunstein in Drawn Together, and Raven in Teen Titans.
Tara met American actor Craig Strong in early 1999 at a party hosted by Sharon Stone's sister. Tara and Craig married on May 14, 2000. They have two sons. The family resides in Toluca Lake, California with their two dogs, Abbey and Baci. She and Craig are the founders of VoiceStarz, Inc., an Internet-based company which teaches people how to get into the voiceover business. Craig is the CEO.
Films Year Title Role Notes 1995 National Lampoon's Senior Trip Carla Morgan 1997 Princess Mononoke Kaya 3rd Rock from the Sun 1998 The Rugrats Movie Dil Pickles Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island Lena 1999 Can of Worms Lula The Iron Giant Additional Voices (uncredited) 2000 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Batgirl/Barbara Gordon The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea Melody Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Dil Pickles 2001 Spirited Away Boh 2002 The Hunchback of Notre Dame II Additional Voices Ice Age Baby Moeritherium The Powerpuff Girls Movie Bubbles, Female Child 1, Female Citizen 1 Tarzan & Jane Hazel Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring Nibbles The Wild Thornberrys Movie Schoolgirl 2003 The Animatrix: Final Flight of the Osiris 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Two-Tone, additional voices Rugrats Go Wild Dil Pickles Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman Barbara Gordon 2004 The Toy Warrior 2005 The Batman vs. Dracula Vicki Vale Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone Mara The Proud Family Movie Bebe, Cece, Cashew 2006 Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas Priscilla Pig Bratz Genie Magic Katia Leroy & Stitch Angel Superman: Brainiac Attacks Mercy Graves Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo Raven 2007 Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix Ben Tennyson Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams Sharma Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme April Strange TMNT Additional Voices Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale Le Petite Ballerina 2008 Bolt Additional Voices The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning Adella and Andrina (various voices) Secrets of the Furious Five Young Tigress The Last White Dishwasher Tamara Swanson Bratz Girlz Really Rock Cloe's Singing Voice 2009 Wonder Woman Alexa 2010 Bratz Genie Magic 2: Desert Jewelz Katia The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! Princess Clara, Toot Braunstein, Betty Rubble, The "Real" Princess, Blonde Woman, Jew Producer's Wife Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare Trudy 2011 A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! Poof 2012 Ben 10: Destroy all Aliens Ben Tennyson
Television (live action)
Television (Live Action) Year Film Role Notes 1986 Street Legal Angela Desiree's Wish Waitress 1988 T. and T. Sydney 1989 Mosquito Lake Tara Harrison 1991 Married to It Student in Pageant 1992 A Town Torn Apart The Judge Millie Waters Forever Knight 1993 Family Pictures Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Elizabeth Ready or Not 1994 Reform School Girl Thicker Than Blood: The Larry McLinden Story Terra (age 16) 1995 Skin Deep Tina Party of Five Lorna The Outer Limits Judy Walsh 1 episode 1998 Sabrina Goes to Rome Gwen 1999 Sabrina, Down Under Gwen Touched by an Angel Black Mask Additional Voices Candid Camera 1997 Kids' Choice Awards Herself Winner (with the cast of Rugrats) for Favorite Cartoon 1998 Kids' Choice Awards Herself Winner (with the cast of Rugrats) for Favorite Cartoon 1999 Kids' Choice Awards Herself Presenter, Winner (with the cast of Rugrats) for Favorite Cartoon, Winner (with the cast of The Rugrats Movie) for Favorite Movie 2004 Comic Book: The Movie 2006 Take Home Chef Herself 2007 The Bad Girls Club Season 2 Narrator 2008 According to Jim 2010–present Big Time Rush Miss Collins Recurring Role
Television (Animation) Year Film Role Notes 1986 The Care Bears 1987 Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater Hello Kitty Garbage Pail Kids Patty Putty Maxie's World My Pet Monster Anne The Wild Puffalumps Holly 1989 Babar Young Celeste Beetlejuice Clare, Bertha 1990 The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 Lemmy "Hip" Koopa and Iggy "Hop" Koopa Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures Madeline Chloe Piggsburg Pigs! Tiny Toon Adventures Dizzy Devil 1991 Here's How! ProStars Super Mario World Lemmy "Hip" Koopa and Iggy "Hop" Koopa Wish Kid 1992 X-Men Magik 1993 The Incredible Dennis the Menace Tales from the Cryptkeeper 1994 Tekkaman Blade II Yumi Francois/Tekkaman Hiver 1995 Gadget Boy & Heather Heather Little Bear Tutu 1996 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Additional voices Adventures from the Book of Virtues Girl The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Kazrina 1997 101 Dalmatians: The Series Spot, Two-Tone Channel Umptee-3 Extreme Ghostbusters Kylie Griffin Healthspells The New Batman Adventures Batgirl/Barbara Gordon Pepper Ann Brenda King of the Hill Jay Jay & Jayime:3D Movie Jay Jay 1998 Rugrats Dil Pickles, Timmy McNulty Gadget Boy's Adventures In History Heather The Powerpuff Girls Bubbles Histeria! Big Fat Baby Girl
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Molly Dolly 1999 Detention Shareena Wickett The Kids from Room 402 Penny Recess Becky Benson Sonic Underground Additional Voices 2000 Clerks: The Animated Series Giggling Girl Sailor Moon S Additional voices 2001 The Proud Family Bebe and Cece Proud, Puff The Fairly OddParents Timmy Turner, Poof, Britney Britney, Additional voices Lloyd in Space Cindy's Nice Head 2002 Scruff Scruff, Princess Codename: Kids Next Door Mushi Sanban, Numbuh 10, Sally Sanban, Katie and The Interesting Twins From Beneath The Mountain Fillmore! Ingrid Third Gotham Girls Batgirl/Barbara Gordon, Elizabeth Styles ¡Mucha Lucha! Penny Plutonium
The Paz Show Additional voices Kim Possible Tara, Joss Possible, Britina Totally Spies! Various characters What's New, Scooby-Doo? Terry/Alexandra Viggi/Trudy 2003 The Animatrix Crew Woman ("Final Flight of the Osiris") / Nurse ("World Record") / Misha ("Beyond") Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks Dannan 'O Mallard / Molly Winks Justice League Sera, Queen Lilo & Stitch: The Series Angel, Adult Lilo Shaman King Young Yoh Teen Titans Raven, Kitten, Kole, Jinx ("Titan Together"), Gizmo ("Titans Together") Xiaolin Showdown Omi All Grown Up! Dil Pickles 2004 Mack & Vanessa Melody Danny Phantom Ember McLain, Star, and Penelope Spectra Drawn Together Princess Clara, Toot Braunstein, Wilma Flintstone, Unusually Flexible Girl, Paper Baby Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Terrence, Various Characters The Infinite Darcy Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Little Girl Megas XLR Pulsar, Comet 2005 American Dragon: Jake Long Kara & Sara, Veronica, Stacey Avatar: The Last Airbender Mai's mother Ben 10 Ben Tennyson, Upgrade, Adult Gwendolyn Tennyson ("Ben 10,000" and "Ken 10"), Benwolf ("Benwolf"), Ken Tennyson, Buzzshock, ("Ken 10"), Cousin Lucy ("Big Fat Alien Wedding"), Sandra Tennyson ("Goodbye and Good Riddance"), Additional voices Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Gabriella/Mom Howler The Buzz on Maggie Dawn Swatworthy Camp Lazlo Amber, Tootie, & Honey Celebrity Deathmatch Paris Hilton Family Guy Meg Griffin's singing voice The Life and Times of Juniper Lee Roger, Lila the Sasquatch 2006 Justice League Unlimited Johnny Family Guy additional voices Legion of Super-Heroes Alexis Luthor/Esper/Emerald Empress The Replacements Sierra, additional voices 2007 My Friends Tigger & Pooh Porcupine The Boondocks Cindy McPhearson Chowder Truffles Phineas and Ferb Additional Voices, including a bird. Episode: "Interview With a Platypus" Sushi Pack Maguro Transformers Animated Sari Sumdac, Slipstream, Slo-Mo, Strika, Red Alert, Mayor Edsel's press secretary, Carly, Teletran-1 2008 Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Daizy Ben 10: Alien Force Princess Attea Wolverine and the X-Men Marrow, Dust, X-23, Firestar, Stepford Cuckoos, Magik/Illyana The Garfield Show Monica the Cat 2009 The Powerpuff Girls Rule! Bubbles Batman: The Brave and the Bold Professor Helena Bertinelli/Huntress, Billy Batson, Mary Batson The Goode Family The Penguins of Madagascar Eggy the duckling, Mother Duck, Know-it-all Kid, Additional Voices The Super Hero Squad Show H.E.R.B.I.E., Invisible Woman, Scarlet Witch, Brynnie Bratton, Random! Cartoons Beth, New Alien El Chavo Doña Florinda, La Popis 2010 Sym-Bionic Titan Ilana Fish Hooks Piranhica Courtney My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Twilight Sparkle Speaking Voice only Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Ben Tennyson (age 10), Serena MAD Meredith Grey 2011 Young Justice Dr. Serling Roquette, Lunchlady Dan Vs. Timmy The Looney Tunes Show Sniffles, Penelope Pussycat 2012 Kid Icarus Anime Palutena
Video games Year Game Role Notes 2000 Icewind Dale Yxunomei Orphen: Scion of Sorcery Mar Sacrifice Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Dil Pickles 2001 Batman: Vengeance Batgirl/Barbara Gordon Final Fantasy X Rikku Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 Rugrats: All Growed Up – Older and Bolder Dil Pickles 2002 Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat Mara Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 Whacked! Lucy, Charity 2003 Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu Batgirl / Barbara Gordon Final Fantasy X-2 Rikku Tony Hawk's Underground Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Ada 2004 Hot Shots Golf Fore! Emma Jak 3 Keira, Seem La Pucelle: Tactics Goddess Poitreene, Chocolat Ninja Gaiden Rachel Robotech: Invasion Guppy Shrek 2 Lil' Red Spyro: A Hero's Tail Ember, Flame, Blink Tales of Symphonia Presea Combatir, Corrine Tony Hawk's Underground 2 2005 Jak X: Combat Racing Keira Killer7 Kaede Smith Psychonauts Sheegor Shrek SuperSlam Red Riding Hood, Dronkey, Luna (Witch), Anthrax (Unicorn) Tales of Legendia Norma Beatty Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble Captain Blue Jr. Xenosaga II Sakura Mizrahi X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse Blink 2006 Blue Dragon Kluke Cartoon Network Racing Bubbles Family Guy Video Game! additional voices Justice League Heroes Supergirl Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Elisa & Ursula Ninja Gaiden Sigma Rachel Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams Arin Xiaolin Showdown Omi Teen Titans (console game) Raven 2007 Ben 10: Protector of Earth Ben Tennyson Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure Cream, Mosby, and Baby Tokaron Lost Odyssey Seth Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction Talwyn 2008 Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty Talwyn Line Rider 2: Unbound Bailey Eternal Sonata Salsa, March Wii Music Melody Tute Crash: Mind over Mutant Additional Voices 2009 Fat Princess Princess, Female Army Member Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall Bubbles Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier Keira Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Watchmen: The End Is Nigh Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Rachel, Sanji Marvel Super Hero Squad Invisible Woman 2010 Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Paz No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Cloe Walsh, Margaret Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Doctor Octopus 2099 Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet Scarlet Witch, H.E.R.B.I.E., Invisible Woman 2011 Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds X-23 Rango the Videogame Priscilla Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion Bubbles, Buttercup, Chowder, Dexter, Cheese, Young Ben Tennyson Shadows of the Damned Justine Rage Elizabeth Batman: Arkham City Harley Quinn Kid Icarus: Uprising Palutena 2012 Lollipop Chainsaw Juliet Starling
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- ^ In a Comedy Central interview: "Toot is the funniest character I have done. Toot lives in a fantasy world, insisting that she is still a beautiful sex symbol under the delusion that all the men want her."
- ^ In an interview: "I love playing goth characters, out of all the goths I've played Raven is my favorite and I love it how she is half demon and half good girl which is so different from all the other goths I have played. And plus my sons love the show, they love any cartoon that is based on a comic book superhero."
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